SAVE THE DATE:
After much discussion and the lack of a date that works for everyone, we have set the official race date for Friday, December 31, 2021. The race will again be held at The Elks Lodge, even though we will have to work around their New Year's Eve celebration preparations.
Now that we have a date, I will be working with The Island, Hotel by RL to setup packet pickup for Thursday, December 30th and will start New Year's Day (Saturday) off with a morning Bloody Mary Run.
I would like to thank everyone that participated in this year’s race by either running, supporting or volunteering. We had a beautiful day for the event and a good time was had by all. Props to the Elk’s Lodge, Billie Adams (food), B.T. Turner (music), Kim Love (pourmater)
2020 ROUND THE BAY RELAY AND ULTRA OFFICIAL STARTING TIMES
3:00 GEOFF SPEYRER
5:00 SUSAN FRAZIER ROBERT HAYDEN JAIRAN DUKE REX STINNETT MINDY DUNCAN ROBYN ABRASLEY CORRIE CRUTCHFIELD BRAD PATTON
RYAN CASSIDAY REBECCA SCOTT VAL CARILLION AMY CAYSON-NEFF
TIM CONNOLLY JESSICA SCARFE MICHAEL BOND ROBERT DIAZ
JERRY KALKA BERNICE APONGAN FRANCISCO SAN MAGUEL MARK CIFELLI
5:30 DOUG CASSIDAY
6:30 IAN REDDING
TBD: GREG LIBERTA, MATT ANDERSON, SEAN ACOSTA, MICHAEL MICHETTI, WILLIAM MILLER, DERRICK TAYLOR, KAREN MEADOWS, AMY STOYLES, JEFF WENGEL, ERIN KIRKPATRICK, AARON HAUGEN
5:30 SLOWER THAN OPRAH (7)
6:00 STROLLER WARRIORS (22) (?) HEALTHCARE HARRIERS #1 (18) (?) TEAM LAGINAPPE (11)
6:30 BLUEWATER ES (14) PLEW BLUE BAYOU (24) 3RD PLANET #1 (21) 3RD PLANET #2 (29)
SLOWER THAN OPRAH (7) TEAM RWB (12) DESIGNATED DRINKERS (16)
MIND OVER MILES (32)
6:35 TEAM AWESOME (5) HELL ON HEELS (13) TEAM GARZA (25) WORST PACE SCENARIO (31)
BEEN THERE, RUN THAT (23) RUNNING ON EMPTY (26) KAREN’S PIT CREW (27)
6:40 TEAM EPIC (4) WE ARE BROKEN, BUT RUNNING (6) RUN WITH IT (10)
RED SOLO CUPS (1) YORO (8) TEAM DALE (15) THE PACEMAKERS (20)
6:45 RUN DESTIN RAN-DEMICS (17) TEAM PIAZZA (9) COOKIE MONSTERS (32)
MIDDLE AGED AND MIDDLE SCHOOLED(19) THIRD LEG IS THE HARDEST (2) BLUEWATER MULTISPORTS (3) DESTIN MISFITS (30) ZURICKSTRONG (28)
We are one week away from the 2020 race. Below are some important updates:
* Starting times ultra runners and teams can be found here on Dec. 22.
*COVID will cause some changes- (1) weather permitting, the post-race will be outside at the Elks. (2) you may lose a runner or two this week due to isolation or quarantine. If you can't replace them, just do the best you can even to the point of having a "ghost runner" from childhood play days. Basically, you can't fill that leg or you finish before completing 36.8 miles. Either way, just have fun and do the best you can. (3) follow PPE regulations where possible,
* Currently, we have the largest group of Ultra runners ever for our race.
* Shirts are a reprint of the 2011 race, as we celebrate our ten anniversary rate. The year 2020 does not appear on the shirt!!
* The host Race Hotel, The Island, by hotel RL has extended the discount room rates, so they are still available.
* Food and beverages servings begin at 11:00.
* You must use the speed-up rule if you team falls behind the 12:45 PM finish pace as the finish line closes at 12:55 so we can start the award's ceremony.
* If you drop out of the race (Team or Ultra), please notify me asap so we can account for you.
* Let me know if you have any questions and lets have a great race. Right now, the weather prediction calls for a perfect day of running!!!
We are eight weeks away, so it's time for an update.
At this time, this year's race is on hold due to safety concerns. On October 1st, 2020, we will make the decision whether to have the race on December 27th or cancel it for this year. Our race concept, which includes groups of runners riding togethr around the bay, is not conducive to social distancing so we are trying to create a secondary concept so we can have the race. Look for an October 1st post on this site for a final determination. If we aren't able to have the Round the Bay this year, we will come back strong next year for the 10th annual race!!!
Welcome to the first update for this year's race. Needless to say, everything will hing on the race calendar becoming active again, but with that said, we have set our plans, updated the race information and will be "buying local" for our swag.
** Due to Christmas being on a Friday, we moved this year's race to Sunday morning, December 27. I realize there will be mixed feeling about a Sunday morning race, but it is the best we can do this year.
** We will plan for the Recovery Run (Dec. 28), but since it will be a workday morning, we will make the call to have it based on interest.
**Registration will not begin until we are sure the race can be held. As soon as the racing season returns, I will open the registration for the Relay on Active.com and the Ultra on ultrasignup.com .
** I will be sending out an email blast soon to "Save the Date."
** If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com .
Happy New Year to all of you. I've had a few days to wrap up the race and decompress. Forty-six teams and 24 ultra runners competed in the race and a great time was had by all. Thanks for all of the complimentary comments after the race and on social media. It really was a fun time.
*** A huge shout out to all of the volunteers that made the race possible. Also, thanks to the Elks Lodge, The Island, Hotel by RL and Gear Forces for their help and support. We had the largest Recovery Run to date on Sunday morning and again, thanks to all of the runners and volunteers that attended.
** LOOKING AHEAD!!!! The 2020 race has been tentatively set for SUNDAY, December 27 which will be the first time that the race is held on a Sunday. This year, Christmas will be on Friday, packet pickup on Saturday the 26th and the race on Sunday. At this time, we don't expect to have a Recovery Run since that would be on a Monday morning.
** Once we have the 2019 results and pictures added to the Gallery, I'll start the 2020 race prep on this site in June. For those checking this site for the 2020 race, put it on your calendar and come spend part of your holiday at the beach and enjoy this race.
**I have just uploaded the official starting times on the website. it was my first time to do so and I'll have my web guru clean it up tomorrow. You should be able to see you starting time, both ultra and teams, by clicking the link.
** We now have 45 teams and 20 ultra runners for a total of 335 runners participating. I still have room (available shirts) for 3-5 more more teams.
** Registration on Active.com expired today and www.ultrasignup.com expires at midnight tonight. If you wish to register a team, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Packet Pickup is Friday at The Island, Hotel by RL from 4:30-7:00 in the front lobby. Enter the front door and look to your right for our tables.
**Race morning. I'll be there at 4:45 for the 5:00 start. The Elks Lodge will open at 5:45. All teams will leave by 7:00 AM. We want all teams to return by 12:30-12:45. If you think you team will be slower than that, please see me Saturday morning for a speedup rule.
** Runners have asked about buying a beanie if any are left over. See me after the race and if I have any left over, and I should, I will sell them to you for $6 until supply runs out.
The Round the Bay Relay and Ultra Blog is hosted by event founder and coordinator, Dennis Samac.